There's now a Social Distancing Festival in Canada
Artists are finding themselves completely at a loss as months of musical and theatrical performances, gallery showings and other events around the world are cancelled or at best, postponed due to the 2019 novel coronavirus.
In an attempt to give some much-deserved credit and attention to Canadian artists, award-winning Toronto playwright and actor Nick Green has come up with an innovative new concept to keep artists motivated, connected and in good spirits: The Social Distancing Festival.
Green conceived of the idea when the production of his own upcoming musical, In Real Life, was cancelled earlier this month.
A gorgeous response to the widespread cancelling of art events in light of #COVIDー19, @DistancingFest invites submissions of artistic work that has been cancelled/delayed/disrupted, and will be streaming it at https://t.co/QT4mtzyRXT.— Re•Vision: Centre for Art & Social Justice (@ReVisionGuelph) March 14, 2020
Check it out if you're stuck at home 💖
As people have now shifted their attention and even their socialization even further online than ever before, Social Distancing Fest provides a comprehensive list of upcoming performance livestreams and a platform for all types of content by artists who have been affected by the pandemic.
Artists from all disciplines are invited to submit work that never got its fair time in the limelight due to the recent shutdowns of venues and other businesses in the interest of social distancing, which the fest then shares.
Along with showcasing work to the public, the project allows artists to "keep feeling a sense of artistic community, even from our living rooms" through a chatroom called the beer tent. And, it gives people from all over the world a chance to engage with and support new art.
I’m so inspired what our global arts community is creating during this time of uncertainty. Please check these guys out - so much amazing content on the website too! ❤️✌🏼 @DistancingFest https://t.co/ojaVXUa8mB— Erika Santillana (@LittleBirdErika) March 21, 2020
So far, the site has featured projects from Canadian singer Jann Arden, musical performers Louise Pitre and Joe Matheson and the Alberta Ballet, among a number of other domestic and international acts.
"I have really no idea what will come of all this," Green says on the Social Distancing Festival site. "Regardless, just know that if you’re making art, you’re not alone! Can’t wait to see your work!"
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